Mezes (appetizers) decorating the tables of so many feasts, whether big family gatherings or cheerful get- together with friends, are made with different ingredients in a variety of ways in almost every corner of Anatolia.

The Turkish cuisine is rich in mezes most of which are prepared with raw, fried or roasted vegetables and topped with yoghurt or tomato sauce.


Acılı ezme (Turkish style salsa sauce), haydari, fava, pilaki, cacık, şakşuka, yoğurtlu kızartma (fried veggetables with yoghurt), kırmızı biber sarması (stuffed peppers), mücver, piyaz (bean salad) are among the best known appetizers.

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